While on one hand, Olympic deferment has left some athletes ‘heartbroken’, on the other dreams of some sportspersons have been reignited. Pooja Dhanda for instance, believes she has got a second lease of life with the Summer games getting postponed. She has been struggling to make a comeback after losing her position to young talent Anshu Malik. But now, she can see a ray of hope for her return to the Olympic team.
“The decision personally is beneficial for me because, after the 2018 World Championships, I have been struggling with a recurring injury. Due to this, I have not been able to perform mat work and training,” she told WrestlingTV.
“Now, with another year to go, it is beneficial for me as now I again heal myself properly and then put up a good challenge in my weight class for the games”.
Pooja competes in the 57 weight category and has faced strong competition from Anshu. The latter is now the top choice in the weight category for India after defeating Pooja in national trials and winning gold at Asian Championships.
The rescheduling has also given a lifeline to 2016 Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik. The Haryana wrestler has been going through a rough patch in her career. But in 2020 Asian Championships glimpses of old-Sakshi Malik was at display. She won a silver medal in 65kg. Carrying her medal-winning confidence, Sakshi marched into the finals of the Olympic Qualifiers National trials but lost to Sonam for the second time in two-months.
Now, with the Olympics a year away, the 27-year-old believes that she can make her comeback to the Olympics team for India.
“There is always a good reason for things to happen. Yes, it has been postponed and it is good for me. Everything will start from scratch and which means we will get more chances to prove our mettle,” she said.
The International Olympic Committee moved the Olympic Games to ‘2021 summers’. An official announcement on the new date for the Tokyo-bound extravaganza, however, has not yet been made.